Module III: Fur, Feathers, and Fins – Animals in our food

5 to 15 hours

This module is designed to be taught in as little as 5 hours of class time. However, if you take advantage of the student project options and more in-depth activities, the unit will take up to 15 hours of class time. Thus, each section can be presented in one classroom hour, or it can be expanded.

This module builds on the concepts presented in Module I, “Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture.” If students are not already familiar with the ideas in Module I, teachers should begin by presenting sections 1 and 2 of Module I. This material can be presented in two classroom hours.

Guiding questions for Module III:

  1. How does Wisconsin and Iowa ‘s livestock fit into the food system?
  2. How does Iowa and Wisconsin ‘s livestock fit into the agro-ecosystem?
  3. What can farmers and consumers do to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of Wisconsin and Iowa ‘s animal production and use?

List of Contents for Module III:

Section A: Animals in the Food System

Section B: Real People, Real Farms – Case Studies

Section C: Animals in the Agro-ecosystem

Section D: Economics of Sustainable Animal Agriculture

Section E: GMOs – Regulation and handling of animal products: a special challenge


Evaluation Materials

Career Pathway Content Standards